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Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Charcoal Feather Federation
Japanese: 灰羽連盟


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 2002 to Dec 19, 2002
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.111 (scored by 40282 users)
Ranked: #4142
Popularity: #354
Members: 87,632
Favorites: 2,614
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A dream of falling from the sky... and then birth. Rakka is born from a large cocoon into the Old Home, greeted by a group of females with small wings on their backs and shining halos above their heads. Soon Rakka's own wings grow, a halo is placed on her head and she is told that she must work in the nearby town of Grie. She soon realizes that the town and the entire world they live in are confined behind the Wall, a tall, impenetrable wall that none except the mysterious Toga are allowed to exit.

(Source: ANN)

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Adaptation: Old Home no Haibane-tachi

Characters & Voice Actors

Hirohashi, Ryou
Hirohashi, Ryou
Noda, Junko
Noda, Junko
Yajima, Akiko
Yajima, Akiko
Murai, Kazusa
Murai, Kazusa


Ueda, Yasayuki
Tokoro, Tomokazu
Director, Key Animation
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director
Omori, Takahiro
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation

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Aired  Oct 10, 2002 to Dec 19, 2002
Status  Finished Airing
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Apr 25, 2010
This is the most striking anime I've ever seen. The care and imagination that went into every aspect of the show is remarkable, but due to the slow, gentle nature of the series I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, if only because this isn't a typical anime in terms of plot. The suspense is subtle -- difficult to spot if you're watching it for the first time -- and builds up over half of the series. Haibane Renmei starts off languid and mysterious, and it tapers off just as languid and mysterious, and every episode seems to reveal more questions that never get answered. Even read more
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Apr 14, 2008
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that a large number of anime fans have encountered Yoshitoshi Abe or the shows he’s created and worked on, nor would I be wrong to say that he has gained a strong fanbase for his beautiful art and creative vision. Many people were turned off by the gritty confusion that was Serial Experiments Lain (one of his previous works), but there were a still few willing to dive into Haibane Renmei despite the previous title's flaws. In his debut as a writer, Yoshitoshi Abe envisioned and penned an anime series that quietly tugs at the heart and that read more
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May 29, 2013
After watching this for a third time in the last eight years, I can still say that this is my favorite anime. The themes are very real to me and if you let yourself be immersed by the characters, culture, and plot, you will walk away with a heavy heart and a full mind.

Like most ABe anime, this is not for everyone.
If you are looking for constant action or laughs, I would chose something else.
The first five episodes are quite slow, but it lets you take in the details. It helps you focus on the characters and realize they were all part read more
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Jan 19, 2009
This is truly a stand-alone work in terms of originality. ABe did not self-censor and allowed the full weight of his intuition and dreams to direct his hand, and the result is a beautiful, ethereal, archetypal world fully-realized and yet deep enough to retain mystery. The show does not explain everything, even the most important aspects of Gile, and that feels okay. We can see in this fantastic world what is in our innermost hearts, and our intuition fills in so many of the gaps. Few stories manage to do this so well.

The story manages to blend soft, yet interesting, aspects of slice-of-life with haunting read more
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While Haibane Renmei couldn't be more dissimilar, the concept of the characters being in a supposed afterlife or purgatory are both extremely integral to the setting. Although in Angel Beats!, it seems like they fear the next step and thus rebel in anyway to ensure they don't disappear. However, in Haibane Renmei, they do the exact opposite and are more resigned to their fate, and there is little conflict. 
reportRecommended by BluMeino
Both of these shows leave things open-ended, even after the end. If you're interested in thinking about the world that the characters live in when you watch anime, what important concepts are expressed in anime, or want to still think about a show long after it's over, these two shows work well. While they cover different ideas among those concepts, I feel they both cause similar responses.  
reportRecommended by TheBigN
It has the same atmosphere - even if the heroines are cute and nice, the reality is still bitter sweet. 
reportRecommended by minwonderland
Both series are of similar nostalgic feelings. Problems that they are showing are difficult to assess. Very ambiguous. Both anime are also formally similar (colors, the pace of action, universal message). 
reportRecommended by Niechy
If you like the artwork of Yoshitoshi Abe, then you will love this series. 
reportRecommended by rakka
A slow and gentle progression, showing a different world, the different people that live there and their various occupations, while the involved characters grow and learn about life. 
reportRecommended by ladyxzeus

Opening Theme

"Free Bird" by Kou Otani

Ending Theme

"Blue Flow" by Heart of Air

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